By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Barely a month after the crisis that rocked The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa, Oyo State, where some students who are yet to be mobilised for their National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) two years after their graduation shut down the school leading to the indefinite suspension of the management of the institution, the governing council of the institution led by Dr Samuel Ogundiran has met with the effected students, assuring them that the matter will be resolved soon.
Ogundiran while addresing the students on Friday, at the Central Administrative Building of the institution noted that close to a billion of naira has been giving to the institution by the Oyo State government in pursuit of the accreditation of unaccredited courses and mobilisation of the affected students.
According to him’ We are on top of the situation and we are making efforts that will give solution to this problem, we are working on it seriously to make sure that the issue is resolved within two to three months.
“Oyo State government has given us close to a billion naira to resolve this issue, we just want the students to give us little time so that we can address the problem.”
Ogundiran pointed out that he will be going to Kaduna State next week to meet with the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) concerning the accreditation of the students courses which will allow them to be mobilised for their NYSC program very soon.
The Acting Rector of the institution, Dr Peter Adejumo while speaking at the meeting pointed out that the chairman of the governing council, together with his team has mandated and given the management certain time and date to meet up with the needs of the affected students, adding that the Oyo State government has already provided fund to accredit some unaccredited courses and mobilise the affected students for their NYSC.
He however urged the students to give the new management team a little time so that the matter can be resolved.
Also speaking at the meeting was the National Senate President of Federation of Oyo State Student Union (FOSSU), Comrade Wasiu Oke said that the student are not happy with the situation on ground.
He noted that the students are not concerned over the suspention of anybody, but what the students are only concerned with is how the issue will be resolved on time without any further delay.
“I want to urge the governing council and the school management to do their best to meet up with the request of the students, the school should allow roundtable dialogue and create room for discusion.”
The Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Oyo State, Comrade Asubiojo Olujuwon otherwise known as ‘Marshal’, while speaking with newsmen after the meeting said that the association has taken their time to read meaning to every words said in the meeting and put it on record.
“NANS will hold on to what the chairman of the governing council has said that they should be giving two to three months for the issue to be resolved, the school should focus on the accreditation because two years had alreay been wasted from the lives of these students.”
Meanwhile, one of the affected students, Oluwadare Kayode who spoke on behalf of the students said that all the promises made by the governing council and the management are just words of mouth because there is no evidence to back it up.